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Kotavelo R21 Wheelset

$699.00 $299.00

4.5 average, based on 2 reviews

Product Code R21
Condition New

Kotavelo R21, 21mm Full Alloy wheelset

Finally here after 2 years in design and testing, you asked us for a lighter, faster, more aero wheelset to improve on the Bracciano which was previously Australia's best selling wheelset.  New for 2017, designed for and tested in Australia is the Kotavelo R21.

We've made the rim wider & lighter so that it can accomodate wider tyres and has a better aero transition from rim to tyre, it has been tested to be faster than the old 27mm deep rim.  We kept the Japanese EZO bearings that are famous in our products, we kept standard, easy to find and replace spokes.  We removed some weight from the rim & hub by using better materials and machining.

The final outcome we are proud to say is one of the lightest, fastest wheels we have ever manufactured.

Heavier and more powerful riders have not been forgotten, those who need an an even stiffer, more robust option - we listened and made the Kotavelo R21HD "Heavy Duty" version, using exactly the same rim and hub but with an increased spoke count, heavier gauge spokes and brass nipples.  Heavier or more powerful riders chasing the ultimate mix between performance and reliability should consider the Kotavelo R21HD.



  Front Rear
Rim (size) 700C 700C
ETRTO 19-622 19-622
Rim Type Sleeved Alloy Clincher Sleeved Alloy Clincher
Rim Finish Shot Peened Black Shot Peened Black
Rim Width 17.5 ID / 23.2 OD 17.5 ID / 23.2 OD
Rim Depth 21.5mm 21.5mm
Spokes 20 24
Shape 2.2mm Double Butted Aero 2.2mm Double Butted Aero
Material Sandvik Stainless Steel Sandvik Stainless Steel
Nipple Material+Gauge DSN Alloy Silver DSN Alloy Silver
Spoke Brace n/a n/a
Lacing Radial 2-Cross
Bearings (#) 2 (Japanese EZO) 4 (Japanese EZO)
Freehub Type n/a Shimano or Campy
Freehub Switchable n/a Yes
Freehub Material n/a Alloy
Axle Width (O.L.D.) 100mm 130mm
Axle Material Alloy Alloy
Skewer Type QR QR
Weight (no skewer) 620 g 760 g

Compatible with Shimano 11 speed standard as well as 8,9 and 10 speed cassettes using supplied spacer.


Customer Reviews

Average Rating: 4.5

Very impressed

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Purchased these wheels over a year ago now and have had them off and on the bike. Off, because I though some deeper dish carbon would be better, and then on because it's hilly in Tassie. Well, they're now staying on. For good. They are awesome. They hold a 25mm tyre very nicely - certainly made for them. They are super light, spin up quickly, and are fast enough to train or race on. I'm 75kg and no issues with flex - and I've looked closely at that. So far maintenance free. I really rate them - hence the 5 stars. No regrets in my purchase at all, and yes I'd buy them again (Feb 27 2018, 20:35 PM)

Good wheels, great value

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Going from 10 speed to 11 speed meant new wheels were needed, so I'm comparing these to my old Shimano 7900 Dura Ace C24s. Straight out of the box these look good. Putting them on my scales showed they were a bit heavier than I expected, at 674g for the front and 871g for the rear. That compared to the C24s at 627g front and 809g rear. Maybe my scales are a bit off, so compared to the C24s, these are still light. After a few hundred ks on these, I'll say they are very similar to the DAs. They roll just as nicely, spin up the same and just work. The only differences I can tell are that the freehub is noisier (up to you whether that's an issue) and they actually feel stiffer. I certainly feel like they communicate the road surface more than the C24s did. I can't think of any other way they feel different to the C24s. Everyone knows how good Dura Ace wheels are, and these are right up there. Being half the price of the Shimanos makes these great value if you ask me. (Sep 14 2017, 21:50 PM)
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